New travel card for tourism industry

The Ministry of Tourism has launched the ‘Travel Card’, which is a new facility initiated in view of the progress of the tourism industry. 

According to the Ministry, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and the National Development Bank (NDB) on the initiative was held at the premises of the SLTDA on 21st February 2023.

Those who have registered themselves as various service providers to the tourism industry under the SLTDA can obtain this card, which will make them eligible for special benefits when dealing with tourists. 

This will enable the provision of qualitative services such as having the number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka up-to-date, exchanging with a bank the foreign currency they bring with them, and enabling tourists to safely obtain goods and services within the country, the ministry revealed.

The Tourism Ministry added that tourists too can obtain a ‘Travel Card’ for their use in Sri Lanka. 

Many dignitaries participated on this special occasion of entering into the said agreement with the National Development Bank including Priyantha Fernando, the chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Senior Deputy President of NDB Sanjaya Perera, Vice President Zeyan Hameed, Assistant Deputy Chairman (Cards) Ashan Wickramanayake and NDB Kollupiiya branch manager Kuraish Shafideen.